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Tom Chambers
Fri, Dec 1, 2017, 5:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: New Dimensions

Norvo, my apologies, I should have refrained from commenting. McFarlane's 'Admiral Halsey' shout-out is ultimately just a matter of trivia. I suppose the more relevant question is, not whether you knew, but did Seth McFarlane know? It doesn't matter at all to anybody except naval history buffs.
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Tom Chambers
Fri, Dec 1, 2017, 2:25pm (UTC -5)
Re: ORV S1: New Dimensions

Norvo, you may be right about 'Admiral Halsey' being a Mcfarlane shout-out to a McCartney/Wings song. But (just checking) you do realize that Admiral Halsey was a real person, yes?
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Tue, Aug 15, 2017, 12:35am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S6: Equinox, Part II

Another reason (or 2 or 3) for Janeway not to be the captain of anything.
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Tue, Jan 12, 2016, 12:45pm (UTC -5)
Re: TNG S1: Angel One

John, according to the old TNG technical manual the holodeck works using two different tools to create touchable objects. One is just a hologram backed up by complicated force fields. The other is replicators. So when someone on the holodeck picks up a drink and drinks it, the holodeck has actually replicated the drink so it tastes like something and doesn't just disappear at the person's mouth. Its hard to say exactly what the holodeck decides will be replicated and what won't, but I'm guessing a replicated snowball would feel a lot more real then a snowball made of forcefields which wouldn't be cold or wet.

It's also speculated this is why the safeties can be turned off. While Picard said "even a holographic bullet can kill," it's more likely that in that instance the holodeck replicated a real gun with bullets, since it isn't really clear that force fields could be used to kill (this is a bit of speculation though).

The problem with all this comes later in Voyager, when the ship doesn't have enough energy to use the replicators but has plenty of energy to use the holodecks. The excuse always was that the holodeck system had a separate incompatible energy source that the rest of the ship couldn't use. Which doesn't make much sense to begin with, but then when you consider that holodecks are also huge replicators it completely falls apart.
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Mike Chambers
Sun, Dec 21, 2014, 11:23pm (UTC -5)
Re: ANDR S2: Last Call at the Broken Hammer

I'm watching Andromeda for the first time, going through episode by episode. This is the first one that's taken me several nights to finish. I keep pausing it and going to do other stuff. It's that damn boring.
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Wed, Jan 23, 2013, 6:50am (UTC -5)
Re: VOY S4: Retrospect

I find it interesting how many viewers, Jammer included, read the episode as definitng that Kovin was innocent. It was my understanding that all the evidence they found *against* him was eventually disproved, but there was similarly nothing that proved he didn't do it.

Of course, a man is innocent until proven guilty, and that should always hold, particularly in the Star Trek universe, I feel. But I really liked how the episode left open that grain of doubt - that perhaps Seven had been right after all.
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Fri, May 1, 2009, 4:11am (UTC -5)
Re: BSG S4: Daybreak, Part 2 (April Fools Version)

Wasn't the review of the finale supposed to be put up like, a month ago? And then two weeks ago? And then last Friday? And then Monday? Not whining or griping, it's your website, you can do whatever the heck you please, it's just... *twitchy* need review *twitchy*.
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